my apologies for the installation procedure being hard to understand. I suppose it is made overcomplicated by the fact that some of the files that need to be installed have to go in directories other than the main "hotpot" directory.
I have rewritten the README file and I would welcome feedback from anybody listening in who might have a view on how it could be improved. I have tried to strike a balance between clarity and brevity. Here it is ...
This is v2.0.2 (beta) of the HotPot module.
* Please be sure to use Hot Potatoes according to the conditions of use which are listed at the end of this file. If you restrict use via a required Moodle login, you most likely can still meet the 'freely available' condition if you make the same material on a separate URL that permits free access. Otherwise, please purchase a license.
* This is beta software, so please do not use it on live Moodle sites.
* If you decide to install it on your test Moodle site, please back up your entire Moodle database, and your current "moodle/mod/hotpot" folder, before attempting the install.
THE CONTENTS OF THIS MODULE
This module contains the folllowing files and folders:
a file containing messages used by the hotpot module
a folder containing help files used by the hotpot module
a folder containing the core scripts and templates of the hotpot module
a script which allows Hot Potatoes quizzes to be imported into the quiz module
a folder containing file icons for the Hot Potatoes XML files (.jcl, .jcw, .jmt, .jmx, .jqz)
TO INSTALL OR UPDATE THIS MODULE
1. Copy the following files and folders to the corresponding location under the "moodle" folder on your Moodle site.
a) copy the "mod/hotpot" folder to "moodle/mod/hotpot"
b) copy the "lang/en/hotpot.php" file to "moodle/lang/en/hotpot.php"
c) copy the "lang/en/help/hotpot" folder to "moodle/lang/en/help/hotpot"
2. [optional] copy and set up the file icons as follows:
(a) copy the files in the "pix/f" folder to "moodle/pix/f"
(b) open the "moodle/files/mimetypes.php" file on your Moodle site with a text editor
(c) insert the following lines just AFTER the line which reads "$mimeinfo = array (":
// additional mimetypes for the "hotpot" module
"jcb" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"jcb.gif"),
"jcl" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"jcl.gif"),
"jcw" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"jcw.gif"),
"jmt" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"jmt.gif"),
"jmx" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"jmx.gif"),
"jqz" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"jqz.gif"),
"rhb" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"xml.gif"),
"sqt" => array ("type"=>"text/xml", "icon"=>"xml.gif"),
(d) save the changes and close the file
3. [optional] enable import from Hot Potatoes XML files to Moodle's Quiz module
(a) copy the "mod/quiz/format/hotpot" folder to "moodle/mod/quiz/format" folder
(b) open the "moodle/lang/en/quiz.php" file on your Moodle site with a text editor
(c) insert the following line just BEFORE the final line which reads "?>":
$string['hotpot'] = 'Hot Potatoes XML format';
(d) save the changes and close the file
4. Login to your Moodle site as an administrator.
a) If you are installing this module for the first time, you should see a report saying that the following (prefix)_hotpot tables have been successfuly created:
b) If you are updating the module, you will probably see messages indicating the progress of the update
c) If you get error messages, please copy and save them to a file on your PC, and then ask for help on Moodle HotPot supprot forum:
go to http://moodle.org
then click "Free Support",
then click "HotPot"
TO USE THIS MODULE:
1. Create a Hot Potatoes quiz of any type using Version 6 of Hot Potatoes.
2. Upload the quiz's source file (".jcl", ".jcw", ".jmt", ".jmx", ".jqz") or ".html" file to the file area of the intended course.
4. On the main page for the course, confirm editing is turned on (click the "Turn editing on" button) then select "ADD / Hot Potatoes XML Quiz".
6, The "Adding a new Hot Potatoes Quiz" page appears. Click the "Choose or Upload a file ..." button and select the desired quiz file.
7. Review the other settings for the quiz and click "Save Changes" when you are ready
8. You can view reports of the results via the "Hot Potatoes Quizzes" link on the "Activities menu". Students will see links to all the quizzes. Administrators and teachers will additionally see links to the statistical reports for each quiz.
9. You can also import the questions from the Hot Potatoes source file to the Moodle Quiz database, if you installed "mod/quiz/format/hotpot/format.php"
HOT POTATOES CONDITIONS OF USE
**Reproduced from the Hot Potatoes site**
Hot Potatoes is offered free to the educational community by the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre (formerly the Language Centre), under certain conditions. Hot Potatoes is free for use by state educational institutions which are non-profit making, on the condition that the material produced using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW. However, you need to purchase a licence under any of the following conditions:
? You do not work for a public sector educational establishment.
? You charge money for access to the material you make with Hot Potatoes.
? You restrict access to the material in some way. (The only exception here is if you have an account on www.hotpot.net, where you ARE allowed to use password restrictions.)
? You want to use the Masher program included with the Hot Potatoes suite.
For more information on licences, and details on how to purchase one, check out our Website at:
If you intend using the programs to generate more than a handful of exercises, please make sure you register. This costs you nothing -- see How to register for details.
Martin Holmes, Half-Baked Software and the University of Victoria HCMC, 1998-2004.